Red Raiders Defeat No. 17 Lobos in Midweek Contest
April 30, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech scored nine runs in the first three innings while winning its second straight game over a ranked opponent with a 12-8 victory over No. 17 New Mexico on Tuesday evening in front of 2,320 fans at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park.
The Red Raiders (21-24) improved to 5-0 at home during midweek play while every starting position player scored at least one run in the game. New Mexico (27-17) had its 10-game winning streak snapped while finishing with 16 base hits and eight pitchers who saw action during the game.
Tech freshman starting pitcher Matt Withrow (3-3) earned the win going 5.1 innings with three strikeouts allowing three runs and scattering eight hits with two walks.
UNM starter Kevin Baumgartner (2-4) gave up six runs on six hits with two strikeouts and a walk in two innings while taking the loss.
Tech scored six runs in the first two innings, sparked by a pair of home runs - both coming from freshmen - as first baseman Eric Gutierrez hit a two-run homer in the first and designated hitter Jarrard Poteete hit a solo blast to lead off the second inning.
A pair of RBI doubles in the third from right fielder Brennan Moore and left fielder Todd Ritchie gave Tech a 9-0 lead while Moore's double brought in shortstop Tim Proudfoot and Poteete, who both singled to start the inning, and Ritchie drove in Moore with a double to center field.
Withrow, meanwhile, worked out of several jams in the early going as he left a pair of runners on base in the first, used a double play grounder in the second to strand another runner in scoring position and recorded three straight outs in the third after a leadoff single and stolen base to once again reach scoring position.
Overall, New Mexico hit into a pair of double plays and left 11 runners on base while committing three errors defensively.
Poteete went 3-for-5 with a pair of singles and a home run with two runs scored. Gutierrez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Sophomore second baseman Bryant Burleson went 2-for-3 with two runs, two walks an RBI and a stolen base.
Junior third baseman Jake Barrios didn't record a base hit but did reach base in the eighth on a walk and scored a run. He has now reached base safely in 25 consecutive games - a first for a Red Raider since Jamodrick McGruder reached base safely in 39 straight games from the end of the 2010 season into the 2011 campaign.
Tech eventually scored three runs in the eighth inning as three Red Raiders reached on walks and two runs scored on a throwing error by UNM catcher Alex Real and another run came around to score on Brennan Moore's third RBI of the game.
Texas Tech continues its six-game homestand this weekend, May 3-5, hosting No. 19 Oklahoma State (32-11) for a three-game Big 12 series at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park. The Red Raiders and Cowboys series opener on Friday, May 3, will be televised nationally on FOX College Sports with Robert Giovannetti (play-by-play) and Jamie Lent (analyst) calling the action.
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